The renowned African – American writer Toni Morrison passed away on August 5. The first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Morrison created a brave world through her words. An author of eleven novels, children’s books and a collection of essays she presented the readers with a narrative that is lyrical yet powerful. The social and personal struggles she had to face were depicted in a raw and powerful way through her novels.
Born in Ohio on February 18, 1931, she published her first novel, Bluest Eye in 1970. Her novels brought in the essence of African-American life. The rich details appealed to the masses, she went on to write magnificent works like, Song of Solomon, Mercy, Beloved, Sula and many more, of which the latter grabbed the Pulitzer prize in 1988. They were a subject of critical studies and were featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. She won the Nobel Prize in 1993.
In 1999, she branched out to children’s literature with books like, Ant or the Grasshopper, Little cloud and Lady Wind and the Big Box. She oversaw the publication of Black Book which is a documentation of black life. She also anthologised the articles by Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka. In 2015, she published a novella, God Help the Child. She continued exploring the black identity in America in a path breaking way and has left behind a powerful legacy.